In Year 12 you will study cells, enzymes, exchange and transport, and biodiversity. This incorporates learning the intricate detail of cell functioning, use of microscopes and how cells are specialised for their functions. You will also learn how animals and plants are adapted to have complex exchange and transport systems including the lungs, heart and blood. Later in the year you will study biochemistry, enzymes, and ecology.
Throughout the course, key knowledge and skills are built up, especially in year two, where many synoptic links are made between new content and that taught in the previous year. You will also develop ideas on communications, homeostasis and energy, and study another module focusing on genetics, evolution and ecosystems.
The two year A Level course is assessed through three exams, all of which are taken at the end of the two years of study. These cover biological processes (37%), biological diversity (37%) and unified biology (26%). Question styles range from multiple choice and short answer to longer structured questions covering theory and practical skills. A separately reported practical endorsement certificate is given for candidates demonstrating sufficient skill in key areas.
Level 6-6 or above in Combined Science GCSE, or a level 6 in separate Biology, and level 6 in both English Language and Maths.
Gaining an A Level in Biology is a passport to a diverse range of exciting careers including various research posts. There is a huge choice of subjects you can go on to study at university including ecological sciences, physiology, genetics and biochemistry. Biology is also necessary for a number of careers, for example physiotherapy, nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine/ science and dentistry.